Before becoming an actor, Mr. Drago pronounced DRAH-go was a radio journalist and a popular disc jockey in Kansas whose show was nationally syndicated. One of his sponsors was a traveling theater company, which, after a successful audition, he joined. When the tour was over, he continued to pursue stage acting in New York City, gaining small parts, including one in a production at Lincoln Center. He later moved to Los Angeles to try his hand at acting in movies. He was born Billy Eugene Burrows on Nov.
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She dismisses allegations of Drago's steroid use, explaining her husband's freakish size and strength by saying, "he is like your Popeye. He eats his spinach every day! Driven by his desire to be the best at all costs, this single-minded manner in which he pursues this goal deprives him of his humanity.
Many viewers and critics have suggested that Drago was meant to symbolize the U. This is made evident by his cold-blooded pulverization of Creed in an exhibition match as well as by his callous reaction towards news of his opponent's death. Drago generally allows his wife and trainers to talk on his behalf to the press. The character only speaks short sentences, throughout the film, all terse, short statements.
Drago enters professional heavyweight boxing in the beginning of the movie. Former champion Apollo Creed Carl Weathers , now 43 years old, comes out of retirement to challenge Drago to an exhibition match, promoted by Creed's former rival Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone.
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Before the match begins, Drago mutters "You will lose. At the beginning of the fight, a confident Apollo gives Drago a couple of punches while dancing around the Soviet boxer. But then Drago connects with violent punches and from then, Apollo is no match for the Russian fighter. Drago even continues to attack Creed after the bell is rung to end the round, despite this being an exhibition match instead of a professional one. In Apollo's corner, Rocky contemplates whether to throw in the towel and surrender the fight against Creed's earlier instructions , but instead he decides to hold onto the towel.
Defenseless, Apollo continues to absorb blows to the head until Drago finally kills him with a final blow to the head.
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Drago exhibits no remorse about what happened to the former champion, simply stating in an interview after the fight that "if he dies, he dies. The fight eventually becomes a long, drawn-out war between Rocky and Drago, and to everyone's shock, Rocky manages to severely damage Drago, and the crowd begins to cheer for Rocky, whereas at the start of the fight, they were hostile to him. The enraged Drago grabs him by the throat, throws him out of the ring, and proclaims he only fights for himself.
Immediately preceding the final round, Rocky and Drago meet in the center of the ring where the two men touch gloves as Drago says to Rocky, "To the end. In Rocky V , it is revealed that the pain Drago inflicted on Rocky left Rocky with brain damage specifically diagnosed as cavum septi pellucidi CSP , causing him to mistake people, see visions and various other things. During Rocky's fight with Tommy Gunn, Rocky sees visions of Drago killing Apollo while believing he is about to suffer the same fate at Tommy's hands, until a vision of Mickey inspired him to get up and defeat Tommy. According to Rocky: The Ultimate Guide , Drago was not permitted to resume his boxing career after his loss to Rocky Balboa because of the special circumstance that he could not officially turn pro in the USSR.
Drago turned professional after the fall of the Soviet Union and accumulated a record of 31 KO while also winning a portion of the Heavyweight title. He never unified the title or fought the very top contenders as a professional because of promotional politics. Following the end of the Cold War, Drago was forced to move to Ukraine, where he lived a modest life while relentlessly training Viktor to be an even more formidable boxer than he was.